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Distinguished Alumni to be Honored at Rutgers Award Ceremony

Outstanding Cook College alumni will be honored at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (formerly Cook College) and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station 14th Annual "Celebration of Excellence" Awards Dinner on Thursday, April 26, 2007. Barbara Bromley of HAMILTON, Jill Lipoti of ROOSEVELT, and Neil Robson of NORTH HANOVER, who is being honored posthumously, will be recognized with the George Hammell Cook Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor presented by Cook College Aumni Association.

April 19, 2007

New Brunswick, NJ--Outstanding Cook College alumni will be honored at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (formerly Cook College) and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station 14th Annual "Celebration of Excellence" Awards Dinner on Thursday, April 26, 2007. Barbara Bromley Jill Lipoti, and Neil Robson, who is being honored posthumously, will be recognized with the George Hammell Cook Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor presented by Cook College Aumni Association.

Barbara Bromley is Mercer County horticulturist for Cooperative Extension, a unit of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Bromley graduated from the Rutgers College of Agriculture and Environmental Science in 1970 and has been horticulturist for Mercer County since 1991. She focuses on environmentally responsible lawn care and pest control, diagnostics, composting and soil improvement, as well as all other horticultural areas.

Bromley began the Master Gardener program in Mercer County in 1993 and continues to advise and instruct Master Gardeners. She has trained more than 430 Master Gardeners. Under her supervision, Master Gardeners of Mercer County created the Compost Demonstration Site and Gardens in Pennington, volunteered more than 120,000 hours and received four international and regional Master Gardener Awards for Excellence. In addition, Master Gardeners of Mercer County have provided horticultural information on the Helpline and at outreach events to more than 7,000 residents per year.

Jill Lipoti earned a bachelor's degree in Environmental Science at Cook College in 1977 and a master's degree and doctorate in Environmental Science at Rutgers in 1983 and 1989, respectively. Since receiving her doctorate, she has worked in various upper-management positions at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. In 2005, she was appointed director of the Division of Environmental Safety and Health at the agency. In addition, Lipoti is serving as a delegate of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Ethiopia. In October, she will travel with a delegation to Ethiopia to assess their radiation protection program and provide guidance on strengthening their control of radioactive sources. Lipoti is also chairing the Radiation Advisory Committee of the Science Advisory Board of the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The committee has recently completed a report on advice on the RadNet system, a nationwide system of real-time monitors to detect changes in the radiation levels in the United States. The report will be used to create standards for clean up of contaminated sites and other avenues for exposure to radiation.

Neil Robson was a 1980 graduate of Cook College. He was proprietor of Robson Farms and Greenhouses in North Hanover and Robson Farm Markets in Springfield, Southampton and North Hanover. His agricultural leadership included serving as president of the New Jersey Farmers Direct Marketing Association, vice chairman of the Burlington County Agriculture Development Board, past president of the Burlington County Board of Agriculture and past president of the Vegetable Growers Association of New Jersey.

Robson was also active in his community and state. He was a member of the North Hanover Township Planning Board and chairman of its Agriculture Advisory Board. As a major supporter of Farmers Against Hunger Program, Robson donated hundreds of pounds of produce for the homeless every week. Governor Jon Corzine recognized Robson's record of service by establishing an annual award in Robson's name to honor farmers who use their crops to fight against hunger.

Awardees will also be honored at the Cook College Convocation on Friday, May 18.
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  1. Rutgers
  2. Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  3. New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station